Horry Councilman uses fund to donate $20k to veterans for van, homelessness

jrodriguez@thesunnews.comDecember 12, 2013 

The van from the Disabled American Veterans' Grand Strand Chapter 30 is at the Myrtle Beach Veterans Administration Primary Care Clinic on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. Volunteers drive veterans to and from appointments in Charleston during the week. The DAV is raising money to buy a new van. The clinic is located near Piggly Wiggly and General Aviation in Myrtle Beach. Photo by Janet Blackmon Morgan / jblackmon@thesunnews.com

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It was an early Christmas gift that nearly brought Carroll Prosser, chapter commander of the Disabled American Veterans, Grand Strand Chapter 30, to tears.

Councilman Paul Price, a retied military veteran and retired South Carolina state trooper, donated $15,000 to help buy a van for the Grand Strand chapter to transport disabled veterans from the Grand Strand to appointments at the Ralph H. Johnson Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Charleston. Price also donated $5,000 to a fund for homeless veterans.

The money comes from a recreation fund each councilman has to use at his discretion.

The current van has 150,000 miles on it and transports, on average, nine veterans per day.

Prosser went to the council meeting earlier this week to seek some funding, but did not imagine to get all of it from the council, let alone one councilman himself.

“Oh no. Thank you,” Prosser said as applause rang from audience members at the meeting. “Sir, I am truly honored. I’m speechless.”

Contact JASON M. RODRIGUEZ at 626-0301 or follow him at Twitter.com/TSN_jrodriguez.

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